Your child might benefit from PT if they:

  • Have poor coordination: if they fall often, trip or run into objects frequently
  • Have increase muscle tone or decrease muscle tone
  • Demonstrate poor balance
  • Have delayed gross motor skills development
  • Have poor trunk strength: seem to slouch or “W” sit frequently, have trouble staying in a chair or sitting upright on the floor
  • As an infant, seem to only be looking one way or have a tilted head position
  • Have suffered an injury and are having difficulty recovering on their own
  • Seem weaker than peers or have trouble keeping up with peers at school (such as in PE ex: difficult with jumping jacks or climbing monkey bars)
  • Walk on toes frequently (tightness in heels)
  • Complain of pain such as in back, foot, etc.

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Activities to support gross motor skills

Gross motor skills involve larger movements and control of the arms, legs, head, and trunk

Summer is just around the corner! Here are some fun activities parents can help develop their children’s gross motor skills while living a healthy, active lifestyle.  Remember to visit playgrounds often! When children are exposed to slides, swings, monkey bars, and seesaws they naturally want to explore, swing, climb, etc.

  • Running
  • Throwing and catching a ball (use a variety of different size balls)
  • Hopping
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Swinging
  • Riding a bike
  • Swimming
  • Skipping
  • Climbing stairs
  • Playing kick ball
  • Frisbee toss
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